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BBS: The Documentary Archive

Jason Scott (TEXTFILES.COM)

The BBS Documentary Video Collection is a varied set of video items collected by Jason Scott, curator of TEXTFILES.COM. These are recordings about and from the era of the domination of ASCII and Dial-up Bulletin Board Systems (roughly the 1970s through the 1990s, with examples far before and after that).



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Deth Veggie has been a close friend for over a decade, and his position in the Cult of the Dead Cow came around in the early years of knowing him. Founded in 1985, the group went from textfile-writing to world-wide media mavens to security pundits. Along the way, they found themselves in a great and unique position as "hacker celebrities". As the image grew somewhere out of control, I knew many of the members as friends, and saw both sides of the story. This interview has a unique...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Bob Whiston
BBS Documentary Interview: Shewolf, Deth Vaggie, Sister Mary Widow
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BBS Documentary Interview: Bootleg
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BBS Documentary Interview: Killa Hertz (ACiD)
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BBS Documentary Interview: Delchi
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When I set out on this whole "BBS Documentary" project, it had been almost a decade since I had touched audiovisual equipment on this scale, and I'd certainly never tried a project as huge and involved as this one. I knew that whoever the first interview was was going to have to basically put up with delays, weird-acting equipment, and my own stumbling attempts to organize a good shot. To that end, I decided that this person should be someone I knew, someone familiar with being...
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From the collection of Mark Grennan, this collection of tapes includes presentations and discussions from the International Fidonet Association's 1987 Board Meeting, as well as the 1988 Board Meeting. It also has a number of presentations regarding FidoNet that were held at some Fidonet gatherings.
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Interview with Tracer, artist for the ANSI art group ACiD. Conducted on March 8, 2004, in New York City, New York. Subjects discussed included ANSI art groups, switching groups based on opportunity, power structures of art groups, creating art in both ANSI and RIP graphics, and which artists Tracer found impressive. Post-BBS events are discussed as well. At the beginning of the interview, a heat pipe clanks occasionally during both questions and answers, and then calms down for the remaining...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Necromancer (ACiD)
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Interview with Ryan Brown (alias Zendo) in Mountain View California, on May 22, 2003. Camera shifts a couple times, trying different angles. Subjects covered include running a BBS at a very young age, getting to know people only online, winning an award for running a BBS, as well as discussions about ANSI art and using various BBS software. Excellent back and forth between interviewer and interviewee.
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BBS Documentary Interview: Midwest Pirates' Guild, Greg Schaefer
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Interview of Ken Kaplan, Ben Baker, and Ryugen Fisher (That Old Frog)in St. Louis Missouri, January of 2004. Hour 2. Discussion of Fidonet politics, internal issues, triumphs of engineering, influence of Fidonet. Covers calling old ladies by mistake, IFNA, Fidonet Cons, the troubles involved with running it. Shot in the same living room in which Fidonet's main implementation was created, at Ken Kaplan's house. It was during this portion of the interview that Ryugen Fisher (That Old Frog)...
Topics: bbs, bbsdocumentary, interview, ryugen, fisher, ben, baker, ken, kaplan, fidonet
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BBS Documentary Interview: Ty and Brandon Brewer. Two brothers who absolutely kicked butt, remembering not only why they got into BBSes, but why they got out. We went everywhere in our interview, and covered a good sense of what the 1980s were for two kids in the south playing with their computers.
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BBS Documentary Interview: Robert A. Fowkes
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BBS Documentary Interview: PhreakNIC Attendees
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BBS Documentary Interview: John Hedtke
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Interview with Philip J. Kaplan, "pud" of FUCKEDCOMPANY.COM, for BBS: The Documentary. Conducted on March 2nd, 2002 in New York City, NY. Questions center around running a BBS, pirate groups, modem costs, what makes a web forum or BBS worthwhile to post on, tips for inciting conversation, and speculations on the personality behind running a BBS. Contains profanity. The interview was conducted in a rehearsal space leased by Mr. Kaplan and his band, and so the sound is unusual in that...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Scott Brinker
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BBS Documentary Interview: Leif Bloomquist
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dorsai Embassy Staff
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BBS Documentary Interview: Victor and Marian Volkman
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BBS Documentary Interview: Jeff Keegan
BBS Documentary Interview: Stephen Jones (SDF Public Access UNIX)
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BBS Documentary Interview: H2K2 Attendees
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Interview with John Sheetz for BBS: The Documentary. Conducted on March 22nd, 2003 in New Providence, New Jersey. Discussions center around teletype art and the use of Ham Radio to transfer text-based images. Techniques in creating RTTY art, the process of transferring artwork over Ham Radio, and some occasional copyright issues are all covered. Speculations on the future of the art, as well as what other skills Mr. Sheetz picked up in the medium. Sadly, Mr. Sheetz passed away in January of...
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BBS Documentary Interview: SYSOP of OSUNY
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BBS Documentary Interview: Mark Herring
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BBS Documentary Interview: Lord Soth (Slothy) [iCE]
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BBS Documentary Interview: Alan Aspuru-Guzik (n0pal)
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BBS Documentary Interview: Denton Fidonet Group
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dr. Trevor Marshall
BBS Documentary Interview: Brian J. Bernstein and David Fleischer
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BBS Documentary Interview: Anthony J. Kay and Lyndon Payne
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BBS Documentary Interview: Rick Siegel
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BBS Documentary Interview: Cliff Barber
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Charles Alton Forsberg date of birth May 6 1944 date of death September 24 2015 Charles Alton "Chuck" Forsberg Chuck Forsberg died on September 24, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. He was 71. Chuck was a man of many accomplishments. He exhibited a multi-faceted persona that friends, family, loved ones and even Chuck would acknowledge, was at times quirky and contradictory. Chuck Forsberg was: An intellectual genius, who always seeded his ideas, accomplishments and creations with a stiff...
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Interview with Minor Threat, conducted in Austin, Texas, on January 30th, 2004. Minor Threat is most known as the creator and co-author of Tone Loc, a "wardialer" program that would connect to thousands of phones looking for carriers, voices, and other surprises in a phone exchange. However, this interview mostly focuses on his memories of both PD (public domain) BBSes and hacking BBSes; a section in the middle focuses on Tone Loc and the challenges associated with the program. The...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Corey Snow
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BBS Documentary Interview: David 'Greeny' Greenberg
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BBS Documentary Interview: Jack Rickard
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BBS Documentary Interview: Shaggy/Metalhead [iCE]
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BBS Documentary Interview: Josh Sklar
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BBS Documentary Interview: John (Alexis) Riley
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BBS Documentary Interview: Jerel Crosland
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BBS Documentary Interview: Frank LaRosa
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BBS Documentary Interview: RaD Man/ACiD
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Interview with Milky Puppy and Liz, BBS users, in Toronto, Ontario on May 25, 2002. Subjects covered included early BBS use in Chicago and Toronto, various BBSes run by Milky and their unique themes, the YIP group, BBS Meets, co-sysop and sysop duties, Atari and Macintosh platforms, and points of pride or highlights from BBSes. This interview was conducted towards the beginning of the film cycle, when I had more of a "conversational" style to the interviews, meaning I am a notable...
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From the collection of Rev. Michael Chowning. This tape is an introduction the TBBS bulletin board software, hosted by Phil Becker and Alan D. Bryant. In this 43 minute tape, you are introduced to the basic ideas behind TBBS, usage of the software, setting up modems and menus, and other related tasks. Becker and Bryant demonstrate all the related concepts clearly and cleanly. Original format was VHS tape, and meant to be included with the 1993 releases of TBBS. Portions of the beginning of this...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Chicago BBS Users Meetup
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BBS Documentary Interview: Bryan Scott Hill
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Interview with Ted Beatie for BBS: The Documentary. Conducted on February 12, 2002 in Cambridge, MA. Discussions cover both the use of early modems, fitting in the dialing in of BBSes into a student's schedule, comparison to the MIT Zephyr and IRC chat systems, and an extended discussion in the experience of Diversi-dials. This interview was conducted in a highly conversational style, with both interviewer and interviewee talking equally at some times. Ted Beatie has a low-volume voice and as a...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Ward Christensen
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BBS Documentary Interview: The Mentor
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BBS Documentary Interview: Jake Kouns/Rulers of Chaos
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BBS Documentary Interview: Milo Tsukroff
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dave McClure David Paul McClure, 64, of Luray, Va. passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Sentara RMH after a long battle with kidney disease. Dave was born at the San Diego Naval Base on March 9, 1952 and was the son of the late Donald and Alverta McClure. As a navy kid, Dave lived in many locations including Kodiak, AK and Sasebo, Japan. Dave was a 1974 graduate of the University of Iowa and ROTC. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force and flew...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Frank Deignan
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BBS Documentary Interview: Various DEFCON Attendees
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BBS Documentary Interview: Thom and Irene Henderson
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BBS Documentary Interview: Maury Markowitz
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BBS Documentary Interview: Torray Wallace
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dr. Ripco
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BBS Documentary Interview: Randy Suess
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I entirely misjudged how long it would take me to drive to Los Angeles, and by the time I got in, it was very late. It was late enough that Rob Swindell's wife got on the phone when I called in and said it would probably be a good idea for me to sleep somewhere, and not risk crashing the car pushing myself. As it was, I was less than 20 miles from their house at that point, so I went for it. Rob and his wife were very gracious to have me show up so late for an interview, and although the...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Matt Rowland
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BBS Documentary Interview: Phillip Heller
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BBS Documentary Interview: Jayne
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BBS Documentary Interview: Uncensored Citadel
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BBS Documentary Interview: Ian Underwood